DRUNK PNG POLICE BASH GRANNY: REPORT

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 29, 2002 – The Australian)---Drunk Papua New Guinea police bashed a grandmother in her house and attempted to rape her daughter in a vicious weekend attack in Port Moresby.

EM TV reports that armed uniformed police attacked the family as they slept in their house in the suburb of Waigani -- the home of the national parliament -- in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The woman says she was struck several times with a rifle butt.

She says her daughter was then dragged off to the garden by another policeman who failed in his attempt to rape her.

EM TV reports that the assault was in retaliation for an attack on a local police officer earlier in the week.

It's understood police believe one of the victim's extended family members was responsible for the attack.

Police have refused to comment on the incident.

For additional reports from The Australian, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Australian.

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